The scrapbook was 100+ photos of the project and included building a tower on the Wisconsin side of the St Croix River and running a high voltage line (66 kilovolts) from a new power plant in Pine City to Cumberland, WI.
Wisconsin Hydro-Electric Co., headquartered in Amery, WI appears to have been the owner of the line. A clipping from the a September newspaper, the Cumberland Advocate, explains the project. Here is the clipping, some photos and some maps that are related to the St Croix River crossing only. There are also photos of the new Pine City Steam Power plant being built, the Cumberland electrical substation, the Huntingdon MN dam, a dam near Star Prairie and some from Milaca.
All that is left of the St Croix Crossing is the tower base -- 4 galvanized irons sticking out of the ground on the high WI bank of the River.
Everett Hanson, my brother, said that the DNR crew he worked with in 1972 (or about then) came across them when building some trails along the St Croix He said the folks speculated, but none knew what they were. The next time he heard about the base was in 2015 when another DNR person, Mike Wallis, was looking at the area for timber sales. At the time, he contacted Everett, who contacted me, and again we speculated, but found no information.
Finally we know! The next question is --when was it removed. As best we can pin it down right now is between 1940 and 1950.
Building the tower on the Wisconsin side of the St Croix River
|Although you can't see it, on the far bank in the cut right of way is the electric tower on the Wisconsin side|
|The vertical line in the center of the photo is a wire overhead leading to the toweron top of the hill (not really visible here)|
|View from the St Croix Wisconsin tower looking east across the Burnett County, Anderson Township sand barrens.|
|The crawler was used for pulling up the H wooden poles|
|Working on the sand barrens|
|This about 1940 land use survey map of along the St Croix in Burnett County shows the electric line angling from lower right to upper left.|
|The tower had to have a special base built below ground|
|I put a line on a modern Google map where the line crossed the St Croix. There is no vegetation corridorleft now.|
|About where the "4" shows on the map next to the Minnesota text is where the electric line crossed the St Croix River. This is 1915. The Railroad crossed the river to the south on its way to Grantsburg, WI|
|1938 with my yellow line at the St Croix River crossing|
Another photo below -- not sure which side of the River,but maybe looking east into MN. And not even sure if this is the St Croix River.